Burroughs splits doubleheader with Muir in the final home game of the regular season

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The John Burroughs basketball teams split their Tuesday night doubleheader versus the Muir Mustangs with the boy’s team dropping 61-57 and the girls’ team defeating Muir 74-53 in dominating fashion. It was also a night where the two seniors on the team Ashley Martin and Mia Paz both played in their final home game in their high school careers. Seniors playing on the Burroughs boy’s team, Chase Kardosh, Franceso Sabato, Arthur Gabrieylan, and Omar Payind were also playing in their final high school home games of their careers. They were celebrated in a pregame ceremony last Friday Night before their game against the Hoover Tornandos. Kardosh recorded 20 points in the loss to the Mustangs and Mariam Fahs scored 16 points in the win for the Lady Bears. Mo Shareef led Muir with 24 points in the win for the boy’s game and Amari Wilson led the Lady Mustangs with 31 points.

The boys started the evening with the doubleheader’s first game. Muir entered off a 75-55 loss to Arcadia while Burroughs had an emotional 67-63 win over Hoover. The Mustangs edged out an 89-84 victory over the Bears back on January 4th in the first of the two meetings of the regular season.

While Ken Lawson jump-started the scoring for Muir in the 1st quarter after making 1 of his 2 shots at the free throw line, Chase Kardosh quickly got the Bears out on top with a 3-point shot to give the Bears a 3-1 lead. Burroughs continued to start fast by going on an 11-3 scoring run until Mo Shareef responded with a 3-point shot to make it an 11-6 game. Muir followed this with a scoring run on their own, leading 16-11 at the end of the 1st quarter. The Mustangs started fast in the 2nd quarter but the Bears found a way to get back in the game with points by Jacob Samontina, Landon Everheart, Jagger Topp, and Omar Payind. Burroughs lead 31-30 at the halftime break.

Following the halftime break, Brandon Hardy recorded the first 2 points of the 3rd quarter while Burroughs continued to keep pace with the Mustangs throughout the period. Burroughs led by two points at the end of the 3rd quarter. The 4th quarter started out rocky for the Burroughs Bears but they lost their flow towards the end of regulation.

“We could have played a lot better than how we did,” said Burroughs senior forward Omar Payind. Payind added that the boys left it all on the court when asked about the 4 seniors’ final home game of their high school careers.

The John Muir Mustangs have swept the regular season series over the Burroughs Bears with this victory. Burroughs drops to 14-13 overall and 5-8 in Pacific League play which puts them in a tie with Glendale for 4th place following the Nitros’ loss to Crescenta Valley 62-48. The next game for both Burroughs and Muir will be on Thursday, February 1st when the teams will play their crosstown rivals, with Burroughs taking on Burbank at Burbank High School, while Muir will host Pasadena. Both games will take place at 6:45 p.m.

The girl’s game tipped off the final game of the doubleheader. The Lady Bears were coming off a rough 55-44 loss to Chaminade at the Palisades showcase while Muir fell 44-33 in a loss to Arcadia. Burroughs defeated Muir 67-37 in their previous meeting on Thursday, January 4th.

The Lady Bears started off on the right note, going on a 20-8 scoring run led by Mariam Fahs, and Ashley Martin. Burroughs continued to dominate the first period of play and led 29-10 at the end of the 1st quarter. The 2nd quarter was more dominant by the Bears, with Claire Hackney, Jessica Mena, and Polina Goreiz helping with the offense for Burroughs which resulted in a 45-17 lead at the halftime break. The Lady Bears comfortably put the Lady Mustangs away in the 2nd half.

“It was a special night for our 2 seniors Ashley Martin and Mia Paz, it was great to see them play well in the final home game of their high school careers and a great win for us to get into the playoffs with only 1 game left to go in the season.” said lady Bears head coach Vikki Oganyan. Oganyan mentioned that she is thankful for Martin and Paz’s hard work when asked about their commitment to the program for the past 4 years with the Burroughs girl’s basketball program.

Burroughs improves to 22-5 overall and 11-2 in Pacific League play as they are on track to clinch 2nd place in the League with another trip to the CIF Southern Section Playoffs while Muir drops to 8-14 overall and 4-8 in Pacific League play. Both Muir and Burroughs will take on their crosstown rivals on Thursday, February 1st with Burroughs taking on Burbank at the dog house while Muir will host Pasadena, with both games tipping off at 5:15 p.m..